Texas Libertarians move forward with gubernatorial candidate

04/19/2014 9:32 PM

04/19/2014 9:33 PM

Kathie Glass is officially the gubernatorial candidate for the Libertarian Party of Texas.

Glass, also the party’s nominee in 2010, was chosen during the Libertarian’s recent state convention in Temple.

“I am pleased to have once again been honored with this important nomination,” Glass said. “Four years ago, I vowed to deliver the most active, serious, well-funded, and high profile campaign in Texas LP history. I kept that promise. For 2014, I renewed that pledge. This campaign will eclipse everything we did in 2010.”

In 2010, Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry won re-election with 54.9 percent of the vote. Democrat Bill White drew 42.29 percent, Glass claimed 2.19 percent and Green Party candidate Deb Shafto and write-in candidate Andy Barron each drew less than 1 percent of the vote.

Glass will face Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in the November general election.

Self promotion?

One Fort Worth City Council candidate said it shouldn’t be too hard to juggle a full-time job with serving on the council.

That’s because much of the city post, Greg Hughes said, is “self promotion.”

“I may not show up at every ribbon cutting,” Hughes, one of six candidates running for the seat Councilman Joel Burns is leaving, said during a recent candidate forum. “There is a whole lot of work that is done by city council members that I kind of characterize as self-promotion, and I don’t mean that badly. But that is not why I’m going to be there.

“I may be a little less visible in front of the cameras, but I am willing to sacrifice the fame.”

Hughes is a full-time engineer at Lockheed Martin. Others running for the post on the May 10 ballot: Margot Garza, Ed Lasater, Juan Rangel, Bernie Scheffler and Ann Zadeh.

Shortly after Hughes’ statement, Burns, who attended the forum, posted a message on Facebook: “One of the candidates says much of council members’ time is spent at ribbon-cuttings and ‘self promotion.’ I’d like to show him my calendar.”

Denying visas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has not exactly been big on being bipartisan since his 2012 election.

But in his first high-profile legislative victory, the Tea Party advocate recently got unanimous support in the Senate and House to deny a visa to Iran’s newly named United Nations ambassador, who Americans say is a terrorist.

The envoy, Hamid Aboutalebi, was a member of the group that took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

Cruz came together with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to get the bill quickly through the Senate, prompting the New Yorker to say, “It may be a case of strange bedfellows, but I’m glad Sen. Cruz and I were able to work out a bill that would prevent this terrorist from stepping foot on American soil.”

At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney said, “We’ve communicated with the Iranians at a number of levels and made clear our position on this — and that includes our position that the selection was not viable. Our position is that we will not be issuing him a visa.”

Local speakers

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will be among those speaking to the New Cities Summit in Dallas this June.

The summit, with the theme of Re-imagining Cities: Transforming the 21st Century Metropolis, will focus on technology, sustainability, mobility, big data, culture, social inclusion and well being in large cities.

Other speakers at the June 17-18 event in the Dallas Arts District include Sean Donohue, chief executive officer of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; Michael Tregoning, chief financial officer of Headington Oil Company; and Joel Allison, chief executive officer of Baylor Health Care System.

Staff writer Caty Hirst contributed to this report.

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